Title: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins
Category: YA Fiction
Genre: Time Travel / Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: Nov 3, 2015
Hardcover, 336 pages
Content rating: G
Country clubs and garden parties. The last thing Cassandra wants is to spend the summer before her senior year marooned in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. Cass craves drama and adventure, which is hard when she just feels stuck.
But when a dreamy stranger shows up on her family's private beach, claiming that it is his property-and that the year is 1925-Cass is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cass discovers a truth that thrusts Lawrence's life into jeopardy. It won't matter which century he is from if he won't live to see tomorrow.
Desperate to save the boy who's come to mean everything to her, Cassandra must find a way to change history… or risk losing Lawrence forever.
Until We Meet Again is tragically beautiful with twists you won't see coming."-Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy
"A beach house, a mystery, and time-travel love make Until We Meet Again a romantic, engaging read."-Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Cassandra is 17 and reluctantly spending the summer with her mom and stepfather at his beach house. She's angry, bored and restless. When she meets a stranger one evening on her house's private beach during a party, he seems to stir up something in her. It turns out Lawrence is actually from 1925. As they figure out how to spend time together, they both realize that their interactions cause a ripple effect through time and change people's existence.
Their growing love is doomed but worse yet, Cassandra does some research and discovers Lawrence is to be murdered in two weeks time. They try to figure out how to prevent this from happening. At this point I'm racing through this book because I'm dying to know what happens. There are unexpected twists and I was pleased with its realistic ending. It was also refreshing to read a book that was not a trilogy in the time travel genre.
I found this book thrilling, suspenseful, romantic and unique. The contemporary beach setting from Cassandra's world with the Gatsby-era 1920s glamour of Lawrence's world made the time-travel element exciting. Their double-dilemma of not being from the same century and knowing one of them was to be murdered added danger and suspense to the plot. The story alternates from both Cassandra and Lawrence's point of view, which was great. The author succeeded in capturing the voices of both the characters, one contemporary and the other from the past.
I think this book would translate well into a movie. I also like the book cover. It suits the story so well. This was a satisfying read, a captivating story that was perfect to escape into.
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